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Disability rights body seeks Health Minister's intervention to overturn guidelines that discriminate against MBBS aspirants

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:11 -- koshy.mathew@ey...

Angered by the Medical Council of India (MCI) callous and discriminatory attitude towards disabled medical aspirants, the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD), has written a strong letter to J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) registering it’s protest.

A cross disability organization of disabled people with a presence across many states, the NPRD has slammed what it has called “the continuation of certain blatantly discriminatory attitudes in the matter of admissions to MBBS”.

Disability Activist Slams Termination of New Recruit Over Partial Visual Impairment

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 15:49 -- anoushka.mathew...

A Delhi-based disability rights activist has raised concerns over Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO), a multi-state cooperative society, terminating the job of a post graduate in rural management due to his partial visual impairment after making him an offer.

Anger over GST impact on differently abled

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:59 -- anoushka.mathew...

With articles essential for people with disabilities set to be taxed under the new GST regime, organisations representing such people are incensed, and have alleged that the government, which talks about inclusion of persons with disabilities, is in fact depriving them of basics necessities.

The organisations argue that for a person with a hearing impairment, a hearing aid is essential, for someone with a locomotor disability, a wheelchair is indispensable, and for the visually impaired, books in Braille are part of daily life.

Blind lawyer laments life in Nigeria

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:35 -- geeta.nair

He is brilliant, outspoken and handsome. But Joseph Bulugbe, a lawyer, is unhappy not because he not sighted but because of his inability to secure a job five years after bagging a second degree in Law. He says he is tired of life in Nigeria.
Bulugbe graduated with a 2.1 both from University of Lagos (Unilag) in 2009, and University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK) in 2012.

New notes baffle visually impaired

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 11:30 -- geeta.nair

They are yet to understand the features of the new notes that distinguish them from fake ones

A young Tabrez Alam has been living with a dented confidence ever since the demonetisation announcement. Visually impaired since birth, Alam could tell the difference between a real and fake ₹500 note by merely running his fingers across one.
The introduction of the new notes has left him worried. “The new ₹500 note appears to be of the same size as a ₹20 note. I can no longer tell the difference merely on the basis of the size of the note,” Tabrez says.

Excluded from financial inclusion

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 10:54 -- geeta.nair

Despite the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) repeatedly issuing circulars to all scheduled commercial banks across the country to provide banking facilities to customers with disabilities at a par with non-disabled people, the majority of disabled people continue to be inconvenienced by the banks. The situation is especially grim in rural areas and post the demonetisation announcement.

Deaf, blind and misunderstood

Mon, 07/04/2016 - 10:15 -- geeta.nair

BENGALURU: About 0.04 per cent of the Bengaluru's population is suffering from deaf blindness and multiple disability. Many of them are mistaken as mentally challenged as their behaviour is different from others,” starts Akhil S Paul, executive director,  Sense International India.


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